Wow - what a week! The weather is actually warming up (we had our first picnic of the year yesterday!), I taught my first yoga class at Pure on Saturday, went to my first yoga trance dance (if you have never tried this - you should!) , reconnected with friends and colleagues, and travelled to DC to await my new niece's arrival and have my Visa interview on Tuesday. It has been quite an eventful week filled with love, reaching milestones and goals, and travel!
Whenever life gets crazy and is moving a hundred miles an hour, it is important to stay open to change with an easy mind and heart. Today's asana is Anahatasana, an accessible heart opener that also stretches the shoulders, upper and middle back. Anahatasana, a yin pose, should be held for three to five minutes. The posture slowly and gently opens the front and back of the heart and corresponds with the anahata chakra.
The yogis believe that there are nadis, or channels, that flow along the spine and chakras are formed where these channels meet and create a whirlpool or a wheel. Just as our capacity for love is infinite, so is the anahata chakra which is found at the center of the body at the heart. This divine and infinite love can be seen everywhere in the world if we have our hearts open to finding it. It is beautiful to see this kind of love manifest itself in my sister and her husband in their care for their daughter and in the mindful preparation for their second born (who we will be welcoming any day!). Activating the heart chakra through asana promotes the growth of compassion, unconditional love, and deeper connection in relationships. Spread the love, yogis! <3
To get into the pose, start on all fours and walk the hands forward allowing the chest to drop toward the floor. Keep the hips above the knees and point the sitbones back. Keep hands shoulder-width apart. You can place a bolster under the belly along the spine or under the elbows. If the arms start to tingle, move the elbows further apart. If the knees are complaining, place a blanket under them.